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Title

Captain James Crook

2013


Artist

Jason Wing

Australia, China

1977 -

Language group

Biripi


About

‘Since 1770, when Captain James Cook first sailed into Kamay (Botany Bay), home of the Eora people and what is now commonly known as Sydney, Australia, there has been a popular narrative shared by our law-makers, school curriculum, media outlets and historians. This narrative is one that depicts Australia as, until recently, not only terra nullius (meaning a land belonging to no one) but also as having been peacefully settled by European colonisers.
This oppressive and violent history continues to impact our communities today and is perpetuated by racist Government policies such as the Intervention; a policy which seeks to control and disempower people, predominately minority groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It seems ironic that the Intervention limits the rights of Indigenous people as though they were criminals, when this very policy breaks the international UN human rights convention.
Fundamentally nothing has changed in 225 years. The violent and racist legacy left by Captain James Cook and his fellow colonisers is enmeshed in the fabric of contemporary Australian society.’ Jason Wing 2013
Jason Wing doesn’t seek to discredit Captain Cook, rather he asks us to question what we believe to be historical truths. Cook is used as a symbol of colonisation and through this bust, Wing hopes to bring attention to what is often omitted from our colonial history, particularly that First Nations people didn’t cede their sovereignty of Australia.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

2013


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze


Edition

5/5


Dimensions

70.0 x 50.0 x 30.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors Group 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

25.2019


Artist information

Jason Wing

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney